- When the economy drags it can be tough to afford preventative healthcare. That's why the Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation hosts community health and wellness fairs.
Four hundred people turned out for the hospital's latest health fair Saturday. They offer the screenings for everything from blood pressure to breast health-- for free.
But that's not all. This year people could learn how to improve their golf swing, and tips for catching walleye.
"We're in the Northwoods, we might as well embrace it and encourage people to do those things that lead to a healthy lifestyle and keep them active. Then at the same time while they're here for that information they can get their numbers checked with all the various screenings that we're doing," says Jesse Bolder, St. Mary's Foundation Director.
"It's nice. Unfortunately a lot of people don't have insurance. It educates people, to get them out there. To get them to see the doctor so we can prevent things from going astray," Dr. Helen Kuehlman, from Ministry St. Mary's.
Earlier that morning doctors diagnosed a man with diabetes. He came in wondering why his vision was suddenly bad.
The fair also hosted a blood drive and a collection for the food pantry.
Story By: Lyndsey Stemm